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Florance Family Adoption

Basile Emery Florance

Joe and Lavender Florance were unprepared for the pain of miscarriage after giving birth to 3 healthy biological children: Eden, Briar, and Levis. It was then that Lavender pondered adoption, although she’d always had a heart for it. Joe, on the other hand, had never seriously considered it—until he heard a pastor’s moving account of Africa … specifically the Congo.

After a summer of seeking God in prayer, the Florances heard from the pastor in the DRC. Nearing the end of September 2013, the same orphanage director visited a neighboring village about a 7-hour-drive away from Lubumbashi. Lubumbashi is the subtropical mining capital of the Congo—bordering Zambia and the Kafue River—and the second largest city in the nation, claiming half of the world’s cobalt. Also center to the civil war in the 1990s, it is home to thousands of orphans. The pastor and his team travelled to remote Mufunga Sampwe, a war-ravaged village where 1,000 starving children lived abandoned out in the open. The village was overseen by a chief and a handful of ruling women. Only 2 women were caring for all the children, the village a 6 hour drive from any food or water source.

The Lubumbashi pastor rescued 11 children whom returned to the orphanage with him in Lubumbashi. Among those children was Basile, Joe and Lavender’s 5-year-old son. Almost immediately after deciding to move forward with the adoption process, the Florances raised $14,000 in a silent auction at their church. However, at the same time they decided to adopt, the DRC issued a suspension of exit permits – the document which allows a child to leave the country. The Florances knew they would have to wait at least a year before bringing Basile home.

Basile is now legally theirs, but they are unable to bring him to the U.S due to the suspension of exit letters. Basile turned 6 in July, is very intelligent, and enjoys practicing martial-arts with his friends. They recently were connected to ABBA Fund through a community of Congo adoptive families supporting and encouraging each other during this tedious government standstill while looking for financial assistance.


Using the online form on this page automatically submits a request to preference your gift to the family profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund. ABBA Fund administers this fund and maintains full control and administration of all donated funds. We also strive to honor our donor’s preference requests in accordance with IRS and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) guidelines.

As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (family) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the family.

Every gift into the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund is helping reduce the financial burden of adoption for families that have qualified for support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

The IRS allows donors to state a preference of how their contribution is used and request that the gift support a particular family — and it allows the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) to fully consider that request as long as the donor understands and acknowledges for charitably given tax-deductible gifts that the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of your gift is at the discretion of the charitable organization. By using this online form, or other method described above, you are acknowledging an understanding of those IRS guidelines.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund, and broad participation in the fund helps ensure that ABBA Fund is able to assist each approved family with the grant and loan funds preferenced to reduce the financial burden of their adoption.

ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in loving, nurturing homes through assistance to 827 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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